They say a picture can paint a thousand words, and MTSU student Priyanka Modi took her shot at doing so through her photographic series,“Temporary Memories.”
The British photographer-designer was selected by university professors to present her series in a Spring 2017 group show that was on display at the Murfree Art Gallery in Murfreesboro from March through early May. The gallery is located in room 218 on the second floor of the Property Assessor’s office in the Rutherford County Office Building at 319 Maple St. in Murfreesboro.
“Temporary Memories” is a series of 10 triptych-like environmental portraits that document the various environments and atmospheres one could experience at a range of eateries in the Murfreesboro-Nashville area while reflecting upon the ideas of memory-making events in daily life. The photographs are a composition of old photographic materials mixed with digital output that provide an insightful commentary on the medium.
Priyanka moved to the United States in 2010 and has since earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from East Tennessee State University. Her passion for photography led her to return to college and pursue a bachelor’s degree in photography from MTSU. She aims to produce designs that are beautiful yet functional and photography that provides commentary on topics of issue.
The show also embraced students from or affiliated with the MTSU Department of Art, including Iska Frosh, senior, behavioral and health sciences; Chris Banyai, senior, liberal arts; Kara Stallings, junior, liberal arts; Marissa Skinner, senior, behavioral and health sciences; Tanner Pancake, junior, liberal arts; Meghan Kreger, senior, liberal arts; and Amy Maggard, junior, liberal arts.
Organizers said their work represented a variety of media, including acrylic, encaustic, mixed media, monotype, oils, pastels, and wood block.
For additional information on the Murfree Art Gallery and the current roster of participating art students, please visit www.mtsu.edu/art/gallery-murfree.php. For further information about Modi’s work, please visit her website at www.priyankamodi.com.
All Murfree Art Gallery exhibits, receptions and related events are open to the public. For more information, contact Eric.Snyder@mtsu.edu or Jonathan.Trundle@mtsu.edu.